27/01/2022

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SYLVESTER OROMONI: Lagos govt orders indefinite closure of Dowen college, commiserates with parents

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The Lagos State Government has ordered the indefinite closure of Dowen College, located in the Lekki area of the state.

This follows the controversy of accounts that led to the death of the 12-year-old student, Sylvester Oromoni Jnr.

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Lagos announced the closure of the school pending the outcome of an investigation.

In a statement on Friday, Ganiu Lawal, Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Education said Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo announced the closure after a meeting with the School Management and Staff.

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The Commissioner called for calm, saying no effort will be spared in getting to the root of the incident.

The statement read: “The Lagos State Government sends its condolences to the Parents of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni Jnr., a student of Dowen College, Lekki.

“The Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, notes that this incident is shocking and the State is indeed sad about this great loss.

“A delegation comprising top-level management of relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies and the Police, has visited the school on a fact-finding mission.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that Sylvester Oromoni Junior was indeed enrolled as a student of Dowen College in its boarding facility and had been treated by the school’s medical personnel before the school requested that the parents take him away for further care.

“The State Government is in touch with the parents in this difficult time.

“We reassure the family of the late Sylvester Oromoni Junior and Lagosians at large that efforts are being made to unravel the circumstances leading to his demise, even as we reiterate the Government’s commitment to Child Protection,” the statement added.

Oromoni died on 30 November after a week of ill-health, said to have arisen initially from an injury sustained on the football pitch.

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